Is a Lion Selfie worth it?
Short after birth, lion or tiger cubs are immediately separated and hand-reared by humans. There’s no kind reason to do this. But stop, yes there is one: To bring the poor lioness back into oestrus soon as possible to give birth to more cubs. It’s not only distressing for mother and cubs. It also ruins the slimmest chance, that a cub would have, to be released into the wild (there was never any chance) and from now on their survival is completely dependent on humans. So why taking a lion selfie?
why do it?
A healthy and happy Lion does not pose for selfies. So training must start immediately. And this is the process, described by a former volunteer:
Each trainer is given a stick which is used to control the cub. If they behave badly they will be drubbed on the nose. This is how they are trained when they are very young. The stick is only used for bad behaviour, but they are retrained every morning before the tourists come in.
They must be separated because the mother would protect her cubs from this. Tourists have reported seeing the training process in action. Staff repeatedly provoke the Lions. Poking and tickling their face and ears. When the cat finally reacts it’s beaten on the nose, paws, rear and behind the ears. Some staff don’t even provoke, they just go straight in for the beating.
The well-aimed hits aren’t too hard. And in a 15-minute tourist slot, it doesn’t seem to bad. But the unrelenting nature breaks their spirits, making them submissive. The practice of separating babies from parents and tormenting them from a young age is used throughout the animal entertainment industry. They pay a high price for your lion selfie. So PLEASE just don’t do it!
This video is one of many educational videos that can be found at the Blood Lions Youtube channel.